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Building Capacity and Welcoming Practices In Military-Connected Schools


Candace Singh

4e39c759da4fd.image.jpgCandace Singh is the Superintendent of Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. A graduate of Escondido High School and a San Diego State University alumnus, Mrs. Singh began her educational career in 1985 in the San Marcos Unified School District, and has since served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, district office administrator, university instructor, and consultant, working with schools and districts throughout California on improving instructional and leadership practices to raise student achievement. Mrs. Singh has served with distinction as a lecturer in the School of Education at Cal State San Marcos for ten years, teaching future school leaders about instructional leadership and developing school cultures focused on student achievement. She has most recently served as the Director of Instructional Services in the Solana Beach School District. Since her appointment as Superintendent, the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District's Board of Trustees has taken great strides to enhance the instructional program for students through focused goals and professional development for teachers and the implementation of new, research-based instructional strategies, materials, and technology for students.

Hugo Pedroza

4e39c759da4fd.image.jpgDr. Hugo Pedroza is the superinten-dent of the Fallbrook Union High School District. He was formerly the assistant superintendent of the Lompoc Unified School District in Santa Barbara County. Before joining Lompoc Unified, Pedroza was the principal at Santa Monica High School, where he started the Personalized Opportunity Program to help struggling students catch up and learn to be successful. Pedroza earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA. He began his educational career in the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching at a school with approximately 6,000 English language learners.

Steve Boyle

4e39c759da4fd.image.jpgFor over twenty-five years, Steve Boyle, superintendent of the Escondido Union High School District, has been dedicated to upholding the responsibility of ensuring every student’s right to a quality public education. With a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from San Diego State University, as well as a B.A. in Geology from Humboldt State University, Steve joined the Escondido Union High School District in 1989. His first assignment was as a teacher at Orange Glen High School. In 1995, Steve became Assistant Principal at Escondido High School and then served as the EHS principal from 1999 through 2005. Mr. Boyle moved to the district office in 2005, as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. He remained in this position, until his appointment as Superintendent in July, 2013.

Francisco Escobedo

Francisco Escobedo.jpgFrancisco Escobedo has served in education for the better part of 22 years. He is a former Assistant Superintendent, Educational Leadership, in the South Bay Union School District, Imperial Beach, California. His experiences include serving as a principal research analyst for the American Institute of Research, as well as California Regional Vice-President of Achievement/Operations for Edison Schools. He has also served as a principal in CVESD at then-Mae L. Feaster-Edison Charter (now Mae L. Feaster Charter) and in the National School District at John A. Otis School.

Duane Coleman

4e39c759da4fd.image.jpgA graduate of Oceanside High School, Duane Coleman became superintendent of OUSD in 2014. He worked as a teacher in the district and as a site administrator in OUSD and San Dieguito. He then transitioned into district-level leadership positions. Dr. Coleman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii, a masters in business education from National University and an education specialist degree from Point Loma University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Alliant International University.

Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra

4e39c759da4fd.image.jpgDr. Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra became superintendent in July 2014. He has previously served as a teacher, a principal and an administrator at the district level. Rankins-Ibarra earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from California State University at San Bernardino, his master's degree educational administration from Azusa Pacific University and his doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of California at San Diego and California State University.

Justin Cunningham

justin_cunningham.jpgWith a 37-year career in elementary through university education as a teacher, coach, administrator, and adjunct professor, Dr. Justin Cunningham brings a wealth of experience to his current role as Superintendent of the Bonsall Union School District, one of our eight Building Capacity Consortium districts. He has also worked in rural, suburban, and urban schools. He was the Chair of the Writing Committee for the 1993 Health Framework for California Public Schools, and in 1999 the California Department of Education identified him as a Distinguished Educator for his work in improving student learning in low-performing schools. Raised in San Diego County, Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of San Diego State University, California State University Bakersfield, and United States International University, where his doctoral work focused on the application of brain research to classroom practice. Dr. Cunningham is sought internationally as a speaker in the areas of brain research, integrated curriculum, health, school improvement, and strategic planning. He is delighted to be involved in Building Capacity and looks forward to creating supportive military-connected schools.

Tim Ritter

Tim Ritter Superintendent Picture.jpgTim Ritter is the superintendent of Temecula Valley School District. His career in education spans more than 25 years. He has served as a high school biology teacher, principal of Chaparral High School and Great Oak High School, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Support Services (ESS), and Deputy Superintendent of ESS. He is excited to part of Building Capacity. He welcomes new and continued positive relationships with teachers, support staff, parents, and the community for the goal of transforming military-connected schools into supportive learning environments for military students.